lucifer match
Lucifer Lu"ci*fer, n. [L., bringing light, n., the morning star, fr. lux, lucis, light + ferre to bring.] [1913 Webster] 1. The planet Venus, when appearing as the morning star; -- applied in Isaiah by a metaphor to a king of Babylon. [1913 Webster]

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nations! --Is. xiv. 12. [1913 Webster]

Tertullian and Gregory the Great understood this passage of Isaiah in reference to the fall of Satan; in consequence of which the name Lucifer has since been applied to Satan. --Kitto. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, Satan. [1913 Webster]

How wretched Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors! . . . When he falls, he falls like Lucifer, Never to hope again. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A match[1] made of a sliver of wood tipped with a combustible substance, and ignited by friction; -- called also {lucifer match}, and {locofoco}, now most commonly referred to as a {friction match}. See {Locofoco}. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of free-swimming macruran Crustacea, having a slender body and long appendages. [1913 Webster]


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  • lucifer match — noun see lucifer I, 3 * * * Lu|ci|fer «LOO suh fuhr», noun. 1. the chief rebel angel who was cast out of heaven; Satan; the Devil. 2. Poetic. the planet Venus when it is the morning star. ╂[< Latin lūcifer the morning star (literally) light… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lucifer match — Locofoco match, lucifer …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • lucifer match — /ˈlusəfə mætʃ/ (say loohsuhfuh mach) noun → friction match. Also, lucifer …   Australian English dictionary

  • lucifer match. — See friction match. [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • lucifer match. — See friction match. [1825 35] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lucifer — Lu ci*fer, n. [L., bringing light, n., the morning star, fr. lux, lucis, light + ferre to bring.] [1913 Webster] 1. The planet Venus, when appearing as the morning star; applied in Isaiah by a metaphor to a king of Babylon. [1913 Webster] How art …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lucifer — O.E. Lucifer Satan, also morning star, from L. Lucifer morning star, lit. light bringing, from lux (gen. lucis) light (see LIGHT (Cf. light) (n.)) + ferre carry (see INFER (Cf. i …   Etymology dictionary

  • Lucifer (disambiguation) — Lucifer is most frequently another word for Satan. It may also refer to:People and Characters * Lucifer, the primary fallen angel * Hendrick Lucifer, famous pirate and brute * Saint Lucifer, a 4th century bishop * Lucifer, an early bishop of… …   Wikipedia

  • Lucifer Box — is a fictional painter and secret agent created by Mark Gatiss. He appears in the novels The Vesuvius Club and The Devil in Amber . A lucifer box is the same as a match box lucifer being the old name for matches. Persona Box is a flamboyant,… …   Wikipedia

  • Lucifer — ► NOUN 1) the Devil. 2) literary the planet Venus in the morning. 3) (lucifer) archaic a match. ORIGIN Latin, light bringing, morning star …   English terms dictionary

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